SA-UK Seasons’ Projects Announcement

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09 Mar 2015

SA-UK Seasons’ Projects Announcement 

During a media event on 6 March 2015, held at Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, the SA-UK Seasons announced the projects that will be taken forward as part of the SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015 programme.

After an open call for applications in South Africa and United Kingdom in October 2014, which attracted more than 400 submissions, about 40 projects were selected by the SA-UK Seasons’ joint organising committee to be part of the 2015 joint artistic programmes between South Africa (SA) and the United Kingdom (UK).  In addition, the SA Season in the UK will be comprised of about 40 projects and British Council Connect ZA comprises of over 20 projects in 2015.

The SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015, a project between the British Council and the South African Department of Arts and Culture, is a multifaceted bilateral collaboration between the two nations, with a particular focus on artistic and creative capacity building and relationship development intended to raise cultural relations between the two countries.

Among the distinguished guests in attendance were the Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy to South Africa, Baroness Scotland, the British High Commissioner to South Africa, Her Excellency Mrs Judith Macgregor and Deputy Director General of the Department of Arts and Culture, Ms Maseapo Kganedi.

Deputy Director General of the Department of Arts and Culture, Ms Maseapo Kganedi, speaking on behalf of the Department of Arts and Culture said: “The Department is delighted at the success of the SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015.  Clearly these Seasons are fulfilling their objective, which includes connecting new generations of creative professionals and audiences in SA and the UK. Perhaps more crucially, these Seasons promote the fostering of skills transfer and development and sharing expertise for the growth and sustainability of the arts and culture sector.”

“We are all impressed with the amount of collaborative projects between South Africa and the UK that are already in the making. What is surprising but wonderful is the fact that these projects span across all artistic disciplines, such as the visual arts, theatre, dance, cinema, literature, music and creative economy and are not centred on only one or two creative disciplines. The standards of these projects are very high and with the SA-UK Seasons’ support are sure to be successes,” said Her Excellency Mrs Judith Macgregor.

Nineteen projects are receiving partnership support grants and 22 projects are being issued Creative catalyst grants to further develop these projects and partnerships within the arts. There is a total fund of R6 million allocated to the SA-UK Seasons 2014 &2015 Joint Projects.

Official endorsement of projects by the SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015 are still being considered. These projects will benefit from the overall marketing and publicity of the SA-UK Seasons.

Colm McGivern, Country Director, British Council South Africa said, “All of these successful projects address the importance of strengthening existing relationships and creating new connections within the arts. It is to our mutual benefit to see such valuable skill transfer happening between our two nations. This is fundamental in what the SA-UK Seasons aim to achieve.”

“With regards to showcasing and promoting the SA and UK arts and culture, the programme has presented works that challenges and updates perceptions of contemporary culture and creativity in both countries. In 2014 more than 450 artists participated in prestigious festivals and events across both countries, and the projects of 2015, just announced, will further strengthen this constructive engagement,” says Commissioner-General of the SA-UK Seasons, Mr Bongani Tembe.

The SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015 is made possible because of the eager and talented creatives who see the need for developing the arts; the benefits of forging cross-border relationships, and building a solid platform to ensure the arts live on for future generations.

For more information about the SA-UK Seasons and projects visit:

info@saseasons.com

www.southafrica-unitedkingdom.com